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solo performance · rocking treehouse productions · Ages 17+ · one person show · United States of America

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June 24, 2018

What I liked

Many men have an unspoken belief that one-woman shows are for women only; the theatrical version of the ridiculous notion of “chick flicks.” In truth, plays, books, and movies about women’s lives are equally enjoyable by both genders. This show is a classic example of learning what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes (or, in this case, heels), and I was grateful to have seen it.

Who can’t relate to the idealism of wanting to achieve your heart’s desire, only to have it stomped on again and again? As someone who’s spent most of his adult life in the professional LA music scene, I sure can!

Lisa’s various attempts to become ‘a star’ – or at least a working actor – run the gamut from silly, to heart-breaking, to totally bizarre. The writing, directing and acting are all spot-on, as we vicariously experience Lisa’s roller-coaster life. One effective technique she uses is to place us, as the audience, “behind the desk” while she goes on various auditions. We, in essence, become “that guy” every woman loathes in Hollywood: the one who controls their working fates and lets everyone who enters their offices know it. The cumulative effect of those scenes was unsettling… in a good way.

There are also songs along the way – some funny, some tender and all organic to the story – and a really feel-good ending that doesn’t feel forced or tacked on. We all realize that the show we’ve just seen IS the culmination of everything Lisa – and so many women like her – have been working toward for many many years. How cool is THAT?

As men, we need to hear, see and experience more stories like this one, to learn what life is really like for 50 percent of this planet. Be advised: it’s eye-opening, and often tear-inducing.

What I didn't like

Having a pre-recorded male voice speaking to Lisa during those times when she was “interacting” with a guy was a great idea. However, I found it off-putting that it was the same voice (rather deep and definitely older) no matter who the guy was, including a teenager. A more age-appropriate voice for each of the various male characters would be better IMHO.

I also thought there were too many “G is for …” cards, which would sometimes take me out of the story. One of them around the mid-point (I think it was “G is for Gullible”) didn’t even make sense within the context of what was being discussed. Also, some of the visuals were hard to see or washed-out looking.

That said, those are minor caveats for a really great show!

My overall impression

A warm, witty, wonderful show that is now (fortunately AND unfortunately) more relevant than ever.

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